Meet Vanessa Hua, Author of A River of Stars

Release Date

Tue, 09/25/2018

Oakland, CA – Writer and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua will visit the Montclair Branch (1687 Mountain Blvd.) of the Oakland Public Library to talk about her debut novel, A River of Stars, on Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The book tells the story of Scarlett Chen, a pregnant Chinese woman who makers her way to San Francisco’s Chinatown in an attempt to realize the American dream. Along the way, she makes friends with a Taiwanese American teenager named Daisy, and the struggles of the two to survive in their new world form the basis of the novel.

New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng calls A River of Stars “utterly absorbing,” and Booklist describes it as “an astute debut novel that confronts identity, privilege, freedom…with poignancy, insight, humor, and plenty of savvy charm.” 

Vanessa Hua is also the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the recipient of many awards, including a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.

This event is free and copies of A River of Stars will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.  This program is being co-sponsored by the Oakland Public Library and the Friends of the Montclair Branch Library.  For more information, please call (510) 482-7810 or visit the library’s Website:

What: Vanessa Hua Author Talk – A River of Stars

When: Tuesday, October 2 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Montclair Branch Library (1687 Mountain Blvd.)